Legislative Reference Library of Texas About the library Site Index
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research
Legislative Reference Library of Texas
your partner in legislative research

LRL Home - Legislators and Leaders - Texas Legislators: Past & Present - Member profileprinter friendly versionreturn to screen view

Elias Mays Elias Mayes
Full Name: Elias Mayes
Other surnames: May, Mays
Date of birth: February 15, 1831
Date of death: January 5, 1910

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 50 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Republican Bryan / Brazos   Brazos
H 28 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (3) (4) (5)   Republican Bryan / Brazos   Brazos

(1) Republican. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) A. Asberry, Elias Mays, and R.B. Renfro [Rentfro], Republicans. Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "The star indicates republican; those unmarked are democrats. [Note - Quite a number of the members who are marked democrats were elected as independents.]" Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Republican, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(4) Republican. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) "Mays campaigned and was elected on the Greenback ticket," p. 129. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR 452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, Elias (Elius) Mayes (Mays). Birth date 1/1830 or 2/15/1831; death date 1/5/1910. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • MAYES, ELIAS (1831-?). Birth date 2/15/1831. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," p. 107. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Biographical sketch, Elias Mays, pp. 260-261. Born 2/15/1831 in Canecka County, Alabama. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, Elias May, p. 260. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 61-62. Birth date 2/18/1831; death date 7/5/1910. Elias [Elius] Mays, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Elias Mays, memorial marker in Bryan City Cemetery, Bryan, Brazos County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in Historical Clarksville, 2000.
  • Elias Mays. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Biographical Information, p. 97. Born 2/15/1831. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: a History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Death notice, "Elias Mays Dead," The Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot, 1/5/1910, p. 3. "Elias Mays, one of the oldest and best known colored men in Bryan, and this section of the state, died at his home in this city this morning. He was at one time was a member of the legislature from this county." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Elias Mays, 21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Elias (Elius) Mayes (Mays), State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 21st session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    21st R.S. - 1889
    Representation and Apportionment  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Counties and County Boundaries  

    This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

    Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

    Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.